South Africa v England: Ben Stokes named in Twenty20 squad for white-ball tour Stokes achieved an average of 17.94 with a stick and scored 14 wickets in 26 international T20’s in England. His last performance in T20I was against South Africa in Centurion in February 2020.

Ben Stokes was voted in the English band Twenty20 during the White Ball tour in South Africa next month.

The know-it-all missed the second half of the international summer to be with her father Ged, who has brain cancer.

England plays from 27. three Twenty-20 November and three one-day international tournaments, all behind closed doors.

Stokes, sailor Jofra Archer and soldier Sam Kerran are part of the T20, but rest in a one-day series.

All three played in the Indian Premier League, which is played in the United Arab Emirates and will return from South Africa after the T20 series.

There are a lot of players playing in all formats for England, we just remember how much cricket we have, said national coach Ed Smith.

We want them to be at the forefront when they play for England, and that means they will use some opportunities to take a break from cricket.

Early 2021 England is scheduled to play Sri Lanka and India, but none of the tours have been confirmed.

Pakistan has also invited England to participate in a short, limited tour early next year.

It’s great to have Ben back in.

Stokes returned from Royal Rajasthan to cricket in October and has averaged 40.71 in the IPL this season.

Ben is an exceptional opponent; the winner and the giver of the team, Smith added.

Captain Eoin Morgan, who also plays IPL with the Kolkata Knight Riders, will lead England in both formats.

The team moves on the 16th. From November to South Africa, with games in Cape Town, Newlands and nearby Paarel.

They will be based in Cape Town and will train at the Western Province Cricket Club and play three indoor games for the first T20.

Three ODI matches will count towards qualification for the 2023 World Cup in India.

Meanwhile, the Cricket Council of England and Wales has announced its intention to invest £1 million in local cricket.

The #Funds4Runs campaign, co-funded by LV=General Insurance, will help support cricket communities affected by Covida-19.

Clubs may register their interest on the ECB’s website via an external link.

Units

Team 2020: Eoan Morgan (Middlesex) (Captain), Moen Ali (Worcestershire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Jonathan Barstow (Yorkshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Sam Kerran (Surrey), Tom Kerran (Surrey), Chris Jordan (Sussex), David Malan (Yorkshire), Adil Rachid (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), Rhys Topley (Surrey), Mark Wood (Durham).

A one-day team: Ioan Morgan (Middlesex) (Captain), Moen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonathan Barstow (Yorkshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jose Buttler (Lancashire), Tom Kerran (Surrey), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Adil Rachid (Yorkshire), Joe Ruth (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ollie Stone (Warwickshire), Rhys Topley (Surrey), Chris Wox (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).

Reserves in both formats : Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire), Tom Banton (Somerset), Tom Helm (Middlesex).

South Africa Excursion schedule

  • Friday the 27th. November – First T20, Newlands, Cape Town (16:00 GMT).
  • Sunday the 29th. November – second T20, Boland Park, Paarl (12:30 GMT)
  • Tuesday 1st. December – Third T20, Newlands, Cape Town (16:00 GMT)
  • Friday the 4th. December – first ODI, Newlands, Cape Town (11:00 GMT).
  • Sunday, six o’clock. December – Second ODI, Boland Park, Paarl (08:00 GMT)
  • Wednesday, 9 December – Third ODI, Newlands, Cape Town (11:00 GMT)

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